KXIP Owner Wadia Open To Shifting IPL Ties Out Of Maharashtra
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) owner Ness Wadia supported the idea of shifting Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of Maharashtra in the face of the ongoing water crisis in the state.
Maharashtra is scheduled to host 20 IPL matches in three venues – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. All three cities are currently experiencing a water crisis with the Indian summer just hotting up.
Kings XI Punjab are scheduled to play three ‘home’ matches in Nagpur and Wadia said that the franchise is considering the option of shifting those games to some other venue in view of the severe water scarcity in Maharashtra.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur virtually asked the Maharashtra government to choose between water or money last Saturday, asserting that the state exchequer could lose approximately Rs 100 crore if IPL matches are shifted out of the state.
Earlier on Monday, Bengaluru-based advocate and environmental activist filed a PIL before the Karnataka High Court, demanding that IPL matches be shifted out of the city.
The petitioner also demanded that the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board should submit an audit report on the usage of water for IPL matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are scheduled to play their home matches at Chinnaswamy Stadium.